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From Gabor Apati-Nagy <>
Subject RE: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI
Date Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:38:22 GMT
My point here is: unless the API supported sorting as a parameter, we should not rely on any
expected sorting done by the API. It is really the presentation layer's job to show the results
in an order it wants to. So instead of changing the API, I would suggest let's just sort it
at UI side. 

I see why sorting by name would be good in some cases, but if the same names exist in different
domains it could easily become confusing. Or it can be even more confusing if someone tries
to find something by hierarchy - not knowing it's exact name, but knowing where it should

As a future feature, there could be a "browse domains" or similar selector where a popup could
show them in a searchable grid or similar where users could search by name for instance.

So I am +1 for sorting at UI side and -1 for changing to "Name (Path)" format. And +1 for
having the same format everywhere.


-----Original Message-----
From: Remi Bergsma [] 
Sent: 18 December 2014 12:16
Subject: Re: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI


The reason I’ve put the name upfront is because it allows for easy navigation using a keyboard.
But I see your point.

About the format, it is not consistent now, as most lists display the path whereas others
display just the name (which is really not what you want). For example when dedicating a zone
to an account. I'd suggest changing then all to the same format.

As an alternative, would sorting it at the API level be better? Then we wouldn’t have to
do it client side and we’d only have to change it at one place only.


On Dec 18, 2014, at 12:46 PM, Andrija Panic <> wrote:

> +1 for sorting - somwhat painfull to find domains in current situation...
> On 18 December 2014 at 11:35, Gabor Apati-Nagy 
> <>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I think sorting would be good to have, but I would not change the 
>> display format because that would remove hierarchy (as a sorting criteria).
>> Wouldn't it be good to sort just by path? (To me sorting looks like 
>> an improvement, changing the format is more like a change that may 
>> cause problem for some.)
>> Cheers,
>> Gabor
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Remi Bergsma []
>> Sent: 18 December 2014 08:40
>> To:
>> Subject: CLOUDSTACK-6543 Sorting the domain list in UI
>> Hi all,
>> In our employee cloud most of our employees have their own Domain to 
>> spin up machines. Since we have 150+ domains and the lists are 
>> unsorted, it is very hard to find the one you need. The order 
>> returned by the API is the order they were added.
>> Without any knowledge of the CloudStack UI, I decided to spend some 
>> spare time on this, to figure out a way of fixing this issue. I 
>> succeeded, as in my dev environment it now shows alphabetically 
>> ordered lists. Although, I discovered that the javascript code that 
>> does the select for the domains is on many places in the code base (25+ occurrences,
with 3 or so variations).
>> Am I supposed to fix this "ordering" on all these occurrences or am I 
>> missing something?
>> First, I fixed it on the most obvious parts that bother us most:
>> 00f16acac61085a1fa50
>> This I have verified works well.
>> Then did a search and altered the others as well:
>> 50dc8682739b8728952b
>> This I still need to test/verify.
>> Before I proceed, could you let me know if this is the way to fix it 
>> (without refactoring the whole thing into a single shared function).
>> Thanks,
>> Remi
> --
> Andrija Panić

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